She murmurs, "Nothing." Then
regrets breaking her resolve to not speak to her until she learns and
changes her ways.
8.18 Ellie's mother
says, "We're off in a bit, darling. Got everything?" Ellie stamps her foot, the
one she uses for flattening cans. "I can go on my bike. Serena
mother replies, "Serena lives much
closer to the school. I'm not having you out on the roads at
this time." Then she (the mother, dummy) points towards the front door and raises her
voice. "The car! Now, Ellie!"
8.24 Ellie sits in the
back, ruminating. 'She says she's worried
about me getting to school in one piece. If she, and a
million other stupid people,didn't drive, then we
could all get there safely and save the planet.'
Ellie's mother asks for a kiss. Ellie thinks, 'They say they love me now, but the flood will come
and they won't be here to save me.'